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Enlow contract extended 1 year; new admin. building approved

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie Independent School District Trustees offered Superintendent Blake Enlow a one-year extension on his contract following his evaluation during Monday night’s meeting.
The board also accepted a recommendation from the facilities committee to demolish the tornado-damaged administration building and construct a new one on school property at Nelson and Rock Streets.
Enlow has been superintendent since May 2019 after serving as principal at the elementary and high school. Trustees conducted their evaluation for almost an hour, before inviting Enlow in for discussion during the closed session. He was offered a one-year extension on his contract continuing its three-year term.
The school administration building located on Wichita Street received extensive damage during the May 2020 tornado. The staff moved out and relocated to space at the intermediate school.
Last month, Enlow asked the board to name a facilities committee to assist with developing a recommendation. The board had discussed demolishing the building and selling the land, along with building at a new location.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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BISD board to meet Monday

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Trustees of the Bowie Independent School District will handle numerous topics to get ready for the new school year when they meet at 5:30 p.m. on July 22.
The board will receive updates on the student and employee handbooks, plus the code of conduct, which is an action item on the agenda.
A resolution on the declaration for hazardous traffic conditions affecting bus routes for 2024-25 will be offered along with the appraisal calendar and appraisers, waiver for staff development minutes and professional development plan and its requirements per the law for district policy.
The board will call an election for November to fill two trustee spots and approve the Montague, Jack and Clay County Tax Appraisal District’s proposed budgets for 2025.
In the superintendent’s report future meeting dates will be considered for the budget and tax rate plus board training and there will be information on the soccer club.
Administrators and directors will make their monthly reports. An executive session is scheduled to discuss personnel considerations.

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Bowie ISD trustees begin budget work

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Bowie school trustees began the arduous task of creating a 2024-25 budget during a lengthy workshop this week.
The board also reviewed some possible changes in the student/employee handbooks and codes of conduct.
Superintendent Blake Enlow said the board spent about two hours in discussion Monday night and began crunching numbers; however, many factors still remain unknown including state funding and local ad valorem tax revenue.
Trustees examined where the district stands for the rest of the fiscal year that ends in August. Finance Director Paula Peterson said the district is catching up on the arrival some state revenues, which she hopes will help offset the expect shortfall. The 2023-24 budget adopted with a half-million deficit, but Enlow said they hope to keep that down as much as possible.

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Major BISD departments make their year-end reports

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As the Bowie School District launches into its summer projects, several department heads offered their year-end reports to the trustees last Thursday.
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Wayne Walker, support services director, told the board the management team for all his departments set a goal to reduce budget expenses this year and so far they are below budget projections as the school year winds down and summer projects kick off.
As of June 6, child nutrition was $235,678.46 below budget; transportation, $217,942.20 below budget and custodial $312,277.44 below budget, for an overall projected amount of $765,898.10 below budget.
“We hope to finish August 2024 under budget to help out the district in recouping some of the adopt deficit budget for 2023-24. We are projecting in the right direction to end the fiscal year,” said Walker.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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